2014 at Gillette Stadium

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2014 at Gillette Stadium

Postautor: liny195 » 10 sty 2019, o 09:32

Oct. 26 Youth James White Jersey , .That was when and where the New England Patriots and Chicago Bears last met for a game of win-loss consequence.And if that 1 p.m. ET kickoff doesn’t seem so long ago, well, revisiting some notes from what would unfold as a 51-23 rout might soon make you feel old.Like the fact Marc Trestman, now on the Toronto Argonauts’ sideline, was then Chicago’s head coach and Jay Cutler, currently “not really looking to do a lot of work,” was the Bears’ starting quarterback. Or the fact the Patriots have since punched tickets to three Super Bowls.Feel four years older yet?Here are some other trivial points of reference from that game ahead of this Sunday’s matchup at Soldier Field.Handful of Bears remainFour Bears players who logged snaps against the Patriots back in 2014 remain on the roster in 2018.That nucleus for general manager Ryan Pace and first-year head coach Matt Nagy includes guard Kyle Long, cornerbacks Kyle Fuller and Sherrick McManis, and punter Pat O’Donnell.Among the inactives back then was a fifth holdover, offensive tackle Charles Leno Jr., a rookie seventh-round pick out of Boise State who has since started 50 games for Chicago.Double-digit Patriots still are onesIn contrast, 13 Patriots players who logged snaps the last time out against the Bears remain in the fold today.On offense, Tom Brady, James White, James Develin, Julian Edelman, Rob Gronkowski and Marcus Cannon checked in. On defense, so did Dont’a Hightower, Devin McCourty, Patrick Chung and Duron Harmon. And in the kicking game, the same went for Stephen Gostkowski http://www.authenticsnewenglandpatriots.com/cheap-eric-rowe-jersey , Ryan Allen and Matthew Slater.Safety and core special-teamer Nate Ebner was inactive due to a broken thumb.Future – and past – Patriots acquisitionsThe 2014 Bears featured four players would go on to make more frequent stops in Foxborough.Tight end Martellus Bennett, who caught six passes for 95 yards and a touchdown versus New England that afternoon, was acquired via trade ahead of 2016. Linebacker Shea McClellin and defensive back Brock Vereen would later sign to the 53-man roster and practice squad, respectively. And linebacker Jon Bostic, an inactive for that Week 8 matchup, was dealt to the Patriots in the fall of 2015.But there were also a pair of ex-Patriots already on the field for the Bears in defensive end Trevor Scott and kicker Robbie Gould.Gray ground attackA reserve-futures signing carried the load against Chicago.Jonas Gray didn’t know he’d soon carry the football 37 times for 201 yards and four touchdowns en route to a spot on the cover of Sports Illustrated. No one knew LeGarrette Blount would soon be reacquired after a short stint with the Pittsburgh Steelers, either.But versus the Bears, in what marked just the second regular-season game of Gray’s NFL career, the Notre Dame product rushed for 86 yards on 17 carries.New England trio caught a perfect gameThere would be no incompletions in the vicinity of Gronkowski, fellow tight end Tim Wright or wide receiver Brandon LaFell against the Bears. There would, however, be 27 passes completed.Gronkowski, Wright and LaFell combined 334 yards and five touchdowns while Brady finished 30-of-35 passing for 354 yards.A certain second-round QB out of Eastern Illinois also stepped in to complete three passes of his own.Revis, Moore generated turnoversCutler would be responsible for both of the game’s turnovers.The Bears QB threw an interception to Patriots cornerback Darrelle Revis to end the half, and fumbled on a strip-sack split between rookie defensive end Zach Moore and Hightower shortly before that, which resulted in a Rob Ninkovich touchdown return.First-rounder Dominique Easley and former Tennessee Titan Akeem Ayers would also get to Cutler for solo sacks.‘Maybe the best back in the league’“One of the best backs in the league. Maybe the best back in the league,” Patriots head coach Bill Belichick said of Bears two-time Pro Bowler Matt Forte leading up to the 2014 encounter. “Certainly been an impressive guy to watch, both in the passing game and in the running game.”Forte continued to be an impressive guy for Belichick to watch in both phases that Sunday.The veteran running back tallied 168 yards from scrimmage and a TD on 25 touches versus New England’s defense. He’d finish the campaign with 218 carries and 102 catches.Pyrrhic sack celebrationWith 3:24 remaining and the Bears down by 25 points, Lamarr Houston registered Chicago’s lone sack of the contest. But the takedown of Jimmy Garoppolo for a loss of 11 would also mark the loss of Houston.The defensive end suffered a torn right ACL during his celebration and was placed on injured reserve the following week.It was Houston’s first sack of the 2014 season. He’d bounce back with eight in 2015.Butler’s initial pass breakupsAn undrafted tryout by way of West Alabama and Hinds Community College had a hand in things, too.Malcolm Butler recorded the first two pass deflections of his NFL career on back-to-back plays with under a minute remaining in that matinee against Chicago. Both were thrown by Bears backup quarterback Jimmy Clausen, with one intended for Brandon Marshall and the other for Alshon Jeffery.The rookie corner on a crowded depth chart played 15 snaps that day.Second glance at WhiteIt was a redshirt rookie season for James White. But the fourth-round running back from Wisconsin was on the field for the matchup with Chicago.It’d be the second appearance of White’s NFL tenure. It’d be one of just three he’d make in 2014 behind the likes of Gray Youth Dont'a Hightower Jersey , Blount, Shane Vereen, Brandon Bolden. And it saw him handle six carries for 17 yards – and no receptions.Time has had its way. The Patriots survived an ugly game in Buffalo, and are now 6-2. Here are my quick-hit thoughts on the game:Tom Brady with a great “block” on the reverse by Julian Edelman. Even getting in his way was enough to allow Edelman to get to the outside and pick up the first down.I guess Josh Gordon wasn’t disciplined as harshly as we thought he’d be, he’s out there on the first offensive drive.Love Cordarrelle Patterson playing running back. He’s huge and runs hard, could be a good fit back there in spot service.Have to be able to punch the ball into the end zone when you have first and goal.Tom Brady runs like a gazelle, and anyone that says differently is lying.Stephon Gilmore is a shutdown corner. That is all.If I were the Bills, I would run that wheel route to LeSean McCoy 600 times this game. There’s no chance any linebacker can come close to sticking with him.Brady hasn’t been sacked much, but it seems like there’s always someone in his face. The defense is certainly keeping him off balance.Thank god for Trey Flowers. He was all over the field tonight, clearly the best player in the front 7. Ghost missing the FG at the end of the half really hurt the team. I know it’s deep, but he needs to hit those, especially when the offense is struggling.I really wasn’t enjoying the commentating crew, and then Booger dropped the line about Kelvin Benjamin, saying that he was “a Popeye’s biscuit away from being a tight end,” and I was on board.What an awful play call by McDaniels with a toss sweep to Patterson on 3rd down in the shadow his own end zone, and then a long punt return gave the Bills great field position. Compounding mistakes is how you lose games.Thank god for the Patriots defense/Bills offense for only picking up 4 yards, but the Bills still pull within 3 with a long FG.The Patriots offense is sputtering in the 2nd half, and the defense isn’t built to dominate when the offense stinks. And right on cue, Kyle Van Noy smokes the LT and forces the fumble, which is recovered by Chung. And then Rob Gronkowski with one of the most unbelievable catches I’ve ever seen to get them to first and goal.Which, of course Youth Joe Thuney Jersey , they squander again after a bad read by James White on 2nd down, should’ve curled in instead of going outside. Patriots are going to have to punch the ball in the end zone if they expect to continue to win games.Solid stop by the Patriots the following drive, but Elandon Roberts drops what should’ve been a pick 6 by him or Jonathan Jones on third downAfter a good pickup on third and long, Brady almost throw a pick 6, and then on the next play, James White shakes a guy and picks up a first down on third. They finally put the ball in the end zone, but are unable to connect on the two point conversion, so the lead stays at 12.After the Bills get a touchdown overturned, Devin McCourty picks off Derek Anderson and brings it back 80+ yards for the touchdown. Should seal the game for the Patriots. A great job disguising coverage and baiting Anderson into throwing a pass that had no chance of being completed. Before that pick, the Patriots had gone 40 games without a defensive touchdown, which was the longest streak in the NFL.Brady and basically the entire offense ran into the end zone to celebrate with McCourty and the defense. Reminded me of the time he ran into the end zone to meet Edelman after he returned a punt for a TD. The game was basically over, but Ryan Allen shanked his final punt of the game.Overall, the Patriots didn’t play great, and would’ve lost to a lot of teams. Luckily, they were playing the Bills, so they were able to pull it out. The game was much closer than the final score might indicate, with the final defensive touchdown putting the game out of reach. On the plus side, they didn’t have a running back and were missing the right side of their offensive line when Shaq Mason went out. Against a good Bills defense that was extra motivated because it was Monday night and the Patriots, you can see why they struggled. Hopefully they can build on this one and get better. The last time the Patriots, being led by Brady, didn’t score a touchdown in the first 3 quarters was 2012 at home against Arizona. That’s the game where Stephen Gostkowski shanked a field goal attempt at the buzzer to lose 20-18.On the injury side White Jonathan Jones Jersey , it was good to see Elandon Roberts come back in the game, but his injury is worth keeping an eye on, especially with Dont’a Hightower missing tonight. Hopefully, Shaq Mason’s groin injury isn’t too serious, and he’s able to play soon. He’s a beast who is one of the best guards in the league. Sony Michel was back practicing this week, so you wonder if he could possibly be available for the Green Bay Packers. My first thought is no, but I suppose you never know. Clearly a much different game than last week, but, once again, it’s just survive and advance for the Patriots tonight. Keep themselves at the top of the division and in contention for the top of the conference. The offense certainly isn’t hopeless, as they had scored 38 or more in four straight games, and, although you can’t really tell because it was the Bills, the defense seemed to play much better tonight. Once again the ball skills and play making abilities were on display. Big turnovers can change, and oftentimes win, games. A Patriots defense with playmakers on it should be very scary to any opponent.Pat is the host of the Patriot Nation PodcastInteract with him on Twitter @plane_pats
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